About Urban Rajah
The Urban Rajah (aka Ivor Peters) is a food writer, cook, traveller and lifestyle adventurer with roots deep in the Indian Subcontinent. A second generation immigrant and a son of 70s Britain he grew up on hot summers, street cricket and spiced Indian food which has narrated his life.
His cookbook, Urban Rajah’s Curry Memoirs commissioned by Headline Publishing is out now and tells the story of his love affair with Indian food through over 80 familial recipes. A practical, easy to follow and inspirational cookbook, it expresses his family’s food story through the eyes of the men in his family and was nominated for the World Food Awards Cook Book of the year. Humorous, engaging, vivid, brave, delicate and abundant it’s through their stories he provides access to family recipes which have been passed down through 3 generations and crossed 3 continents. They’ve survived and thrived in an era of immigration. His celebrated blog urbanrajah.com is dedicated to spiced recipes and stories about food, travel, life and style finds. He runs the elusive and highly acclaimed supper club, Cash n Curry, a social enterprise dedicated to raising funds for projects helping India’s street children and helping to liberate trafficked children and those in bonded labour.
He is a regular on the food festival scene dishing up Indian streetfood from his fragrant gazebo, the Urban Rajah Indian Streetkitchen his trademark high energy and exuberant personality excitedly demonstrates his passion for Indian cuisine to the masses during workshops and spice masterclasses. His pop up restaurant, The Great Indian Food Feast is an immersive dining experience. Spinning diners across the Indian sub-continent featuring multiple courses of regional sub-continental food, story-telling and live food demos...all in one evening.
He grew up on fish fingers and baked beans whilst also tearing hot chapattis and scooping up vivid spiced curry. He adores home cooked spiced food influenced by the East and married with Western cuisine which represents his immigrant roots. Family gatherings were central to early life. Speakers the size of sofas would throb to the beat of ska, reggae and bhangra and that’s where he traces his passion for music and probably explains his vinyl collection, the club nights and his spell as a pirate radio DJ. A self confessed dandy, he rarely leaves home without a tub of moustache wax or a piece of millinery. That’s the Urban Rajah.
We’ve been enjoying Indian cuisine in Britain for over 200 years, but if you think you know Indian food, think again it’s been evolving for over a thousand years. It’s a food adventure that’s unstoppable.